Why Summer is a Great Time to Find a Job in New York
By: Jessica Sanfratello
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Summer: A time to kick back, relax, hit the beach and enjoy a fruity drink with a cute, mini-umbrella … that is if you don’t have your sights set on a new job.
In fact, many experts agree that summer is one of the best times to find a job, despite the loose attitude many Americans have associated with the season. Although candidates may be inclined to reserve the summer months for themselves, this perspective is shortsighted.
Employers are going to be maintaining normal business hours and will not be putting their search for new talent on hold because it’s more than 70 degrees outside. So whether you are starting the job hunt from scratch or want to change positions, a little effort during a few days of summer vacation may be the key differentiator in whether you have your dream job this fall or sooner.
It’s no secret that many industries ramp up operations for the fourth quarter, meaning that from June to August, employers have (slightly) more free time in their calendars. Consequently, these (slightly) slower work weeks offer great networking opportunities in which candidates may be able to more easily land an interview and get timely feedback because hiring managers are under (slightly) less stress.
“The job market is a 24/7 event and people leave jobs all year long, every day. And when companies have an opening they have to fill them right away. So it's a myth that the world stops on Memorial Day and picks up again on Labor Day," said recruitment expert David Sanford.
Moreover, Sanford mentions that the hiring outlook for the tech, medical and software industries are all especially hot (no pun intended) this summer, meaning that professionals in these industries would be well advised to take a quick break from the barbeque to update their resume.
So although the summer weather is tempting you to relax, now may be the time to put down that cocktail and get yourself in gear.
Make appointments and go on interviews, and show that hiring manager that you’re the kind of person that … well … works hard in the summertime.
Stay positive and open to different opportunities, and always remember that if you continue to struggle, a specialized staffing and recruitment firm could be the perfect solution for getting your foot in the door with the right company.
So as 4th of July approaches, come in from the pool an hour earlier to make a few calls and send out some resumes - you’ll have increased your chances of getting a job and, if you’re strategic about it, be done in time for fireworks.